As the season progressed, I started to catch a bit more consistently and was now finding clear areas amongst the weed without issue and started to catch a few fish over bait too. A short break was then taken from angling for a few weeks, so I could enjoy a summer holiday with the Mrs, and when I returned, I had 2 nights angling allocated before I had to return to work. I can remember turning up early on the Friday morning and having a good wander around the lake, which happened to be nice and quiet too. After a couple of laps, I had decided on a swim known as The Point, which was about half-way down the road bank where I had seen several fish show close in whilst watching. Even whilst unloading the kit into the swim I saw a couple more shows and was full of confidence, especially as a couple of the shows were clearly not stockies!
The fish seemed to be showing over two different spots at around 30-40 yards range, so I decided to have one quick cast with a bare lead to see what they were showing over. Upon inspection it was clear that the fish were gorging on the natural food larder as they were showing over very short, fresh, bright green new weed growth that was literally crawling with life. I didn’t want to thrash the swim to a foam trying to find a clear area nearby, so I decided the best line of attack would be a solid PVA bag cast right on top of the fresh weed, exactly where the fish were feeding and showing. By using a solid bag, I could ensure that the hookbait would be presented perfectly and I was fishing within 3 casts, hopefully without spooking the fish that were present.
The standard size solid PVA bags were filled with a mixture of small pellets and the short supple 4” Trickster Heavy hooklink that was coupled with a super sharp size 8 Covert Mugga. My hook bait was a small piece of Peperami, that I had shaved the skin off and cut into a barrel to help it leak its delicious oily attraction. To boost things even further, the bag was loaded with good helping of fish oil. This would help me to identify if any fish were feeding over the bags from oil slicks popping up to the surface. Once the three bags were tied, it was just a simple case of casting them over the spots I had seen the fish show, before slackening everything off and sitting back to watch for the remainder of the day.